The VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year award (PDF, 101 KB) recognises innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students at a registered training organisation (RTO) or in partnership with an RTO.

Eligibility criteria
Closing date
How to prepare your nomination
Nomination sections
Addressing selection criteria

Eligibility criteria

You must:

  • be a permanent resident of Australia
  • be a qualified [as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015] teacher/trainer employed (or regularly contracted) by an RTO
  • have delivered training (for some period) from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018, which will lead/has led to nationally recognised qualifications or Statements of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework national training system
  • have your application endorsed by the CEO, principal or director of the RTO (the representative/s will be notified of nominations in this category), and provide evidence of your qualification [as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015] with the nomination.

Vocational education and training (VET) teachers and trainers working in private organisations are eligible to nominate if they are delivering nationally recognised training as defined by the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Teachers and trainers who write or develop course plans or delivery methods, but are not teaching students face-to-face or by another method, are not eligible to nominate.

Closing date

Nominations for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards must be submitted by midnight (Queensland time) Sunday 17 March 2019.

How to submit your nomination

Congratulations on choosing to nominate for the Queensland Training Awards.

Key to a successful nomination is starting early - don't leave it to the last minute or you may run out of time.

Have a look at our 5 easy steps slideshow (YouTube) to help you plan out how to pull together that winning nomination.

Also visit the how to prepare your nomination page to view details on how to prepare your nomination, writing tips, frequently asked questions and examples of successful nominations.

Lastly, contact your local regional coordinator for advice and assistance in completing your nomination, they are happy to help answer any questions that you may have.

Nomination period

Nominations for the 2019 Queensland Training Awards are now open and close 17 March 2019.

Creating an online nomination account

Nominations are submitted via the online nomination portal.

Before submitting a nomination, all applicants must create an account using the online nomination portal.

You will receive a confirmation email and must verify your email address before you can begin a nomination. Once you have verified your email you can start your nomination, save it and go back and edit it at any time during the period that nominations are open.

Please ensure your computer has JavaScript enabled to get the most out of the online nomination portal.

New accounts are now able to be created and nominations may be submitted until 17 March 2019.

Nomination sections

SECTION A: OVERVIEW (Limit: 300 words)

Provide an overview of the teacher/trainer's area of expertise, qualifications, courses/classes taught, education and work background, a description of the environment in which the teacher/trainer operates and any specific challenges which were encountered and may have had to be overcome during the course of teaching/training.

Note: This information will not be considered or used for short listing or judging purposes, but it may be used as your summary throughout the awards process.

SECTION B: SELECTION CRITERIA (Limit: 600 words for each criterion)

Criterion 1: Excellence and initiatives

Criterion 2: Learner needs and focus

Criterion 3: Commitment to VET teaching and learning

Criterion 4: Links with industry and community


Provide supporting material, such as:

  • professional headshot (mandatory)
  • evidence of teaching qualification (mandatory), as determined by the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015
  • newspaper articles
  • photocopies of awards or certificates
  • letters of support (e.g. a reference from your employer or student)
  • publicity photos of achievements relevant to key aspects of your nomination.

Please note the maximum number of attachments is five (5), each with a maximum file size of 10MB. Accepted file types include JPG, JPEG, PNG, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX. No multimedia items (e.g. YouTube videos) or discs will be accepted with nominations.

Nominations material that exceeds the maximum number of attachments will not be passed onto judging panels.

Addressing selection criteria

When developing your nomination, you may wish to take into account some of the considerations outlined below.

These considerations are not additional criteria, but are provided to give clarification of what may be relevant to include when writing against the award criteria.

CRITERION 1: Excellence and initiatives (Limit: 600 words)


  • What involvement have you had in the development of new learning methodologies and training delivery?
  • Describe an initiative you have implemented which has lead to innovation/improvement in your delivery and/or assessment practice.
  • How have you shared the outcomes of your innovation/improvement with your colleagues?
  • What has been the impact of these initiatives/improvements on your learners, your colleagues and your industry partners?

CRITERION 2: Learner needs and focus (Limit: 600 words)


  • How do you support the diverse needs of your learners and ensure they continue to be engaged in their learning journey?
  • What evidence is there of the effectiveness of the design and delivery methodologies of your training program?
  • Provide examples where you have initiated a new idea/activity etc in response to feedback.
  • Provide examples of the learner/industry/community feedback mechanisms that you use.

CRITERION 3: Commitment to VET teaching and learning (Limit: 600 words)


  • How do you maintain and grow your own skills and knowledge?
  • How do you support others to develop their skills and knowledge?
  • Provide examples of your engagement with other VET professionals.

CRITERION 4: Links with industry and community (Limit: 600 words)


  • How are active links with industry and the community implemented in practice?
  • What are the major issues confronting the industry(s) your program engages with?
  • How can VET help address these issues?
  • What level of engagement do you have with industry and professional bodies?
  • How do you promote VET in industry and the community?

Last updated 7 January 2019

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